popular vote

noun
1.
the vote for a U.S. presidential candidate made by the qualified voters, as opposed to that made by the electoral college. Compare electoral vote.
2.
the vote for a candidate, issue, etc., made by the qualified voters, as opposed to a vote made by elected representatives.

Origin:
1830–40, Americanism

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Main Entry:  popular vote
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the process by which qualified voters choose candidates or vote on issues, as opposed to elected representatives or an electoral college
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Example sentences
These elegant tangles of fluorescent actin bundles won the popular vote for the
  best microscopic photo of the year.
Efficacy is something that is shown by valid studies, not by popular vote or
  marketing.
Readers must create an account to vote in the bracket, and the winners of each
  match-up will be determined by popular vote.
Because rights should not be determined by popular vote.
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